Digital Library

By , March 3, 2011 9:46 am

We love the revolution brought forth by digital editions of books, audiobooks and magazines. It is a great way to access content. But as many of you have learned, satisfying a voracious appetite for digital books can be very costly. So how does one take advantage of library services in this new digital age? By accessing our free online digital libraries.

This page is here to help you get started!

NEW!! Gale Courses! Gale Courses

Digital Books and Audiobooks through Wisconsin’s Digital Library: Overdrive
Kid page for Wisconsin’s Digital Library: For Kids
Teen page for Wisconsin’s Digital Library: For Teens
Digital Magazines: Zinio for Libraries
Our online catalog of materials that contains links to viewable digital content: Monarchlibraries

Gale Courses

NEW! Monarch Library System now has access to Gale Courses! This is a collection of highly interactive, instructor-led, online courses that run for six weeks at a time with new sessions beginning every month. They are all FREE when you login with your library card. The courses cover a broad range of topics for both personal and professional learning. Examples include Intro to Microsoft Excel, Speed Spanish, A to Z Grant Writing, Keys to Effective Communication, Creating WordPress Websites, and many more! To access the courses, click here: Gale Courses

Wisconsin’s Digital Library – OverDrivehttp://

While all these titles also show up in EasiCat, the best way to use and access these ebooks, audiobooks and streaming videos is through the website itself at Wisconsin’s Digital Library – OverDrive. The manner that you chose to access these ebooks is wide open with access provided to most ebook readers, ebook apps or through your computer browser. For most of us we will be using a dedicated ebook reader or the Overdrive ebook app. List of Compatible Devices. We suggest the purchase of a ebook reader compatible with Wisconsin’s Digital Library.

Whether you have a Kindle, Nook, Sony or other ebook reader, or whether you have installed the Wisconsin’s Digital Library – OverDrive app, not all titles are made available in a easy manner by the publishers. We support and encourage publishers to make their titles available as a direct download, but some publishers are uncomfortable with this and so the process of getting the book to your device is more complicated or even impossible. We can try to help you in these situations and you can also help support easier access by letting the publishers know how you feel. Let them know at: Ebook for Libraries.

Want to check something out right now? Follow these easy steps. Visit the Wisconsin’s Digital Library – OverDrive website and click on View Currently Available, then change the Sort By drop down menu to Most Popular. This will list all the available ebooks by the most popular first. Good Luck!

Wisconsin’s Digital Library – For Kids
Wisconsin’s Digital Library – For Teens

The For Kids and Tees launch page separates out all the kid and teen books available through Wisconsin’s Digital Library. This is a great place for kids and teens who like to devour content to start. The page even features access through subject or reading level. Get your kids hooked on digital books now!

Zinio for Libraries

The WJ Niederkorn Library has partnered with Zinio to provide access to 167 digital magazines. All of the magazines are available for our patrons to use through digital devices with either a web browser or an app, and there’s no waiting! You can get the newest issue at the same time as all your neighbors, family and friends.

Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from the library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Even when the library is closed, you can quickly access all of the free magazines, reread back issues, and explore new titles.

All you need is your library card barcode number and an email account. So take the time to familiarize yourself with the service and you can start enjoying digital magazines for free and at your convenience! Here is out getting started help guide: Zinio Instructions. Read it now to become a power user. Zinio Title and Subject List 2015.

Monarch Catalog and Ebooks

The first collection covers ebooks that we make accessible through that use a variety of services. These ebooks are viewable in all modern browsers and the link in Monarch will take you right to the book. This collection covers non-fiction computer, medical, help guides, reference materials and local history digital books. These titles are made available through NetLibrary, Credo Reference and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. The easiest way to find these items is while performing a regular search in Monarchcatalog. All the items will show up in Monarchcatalog.

Monarch catalog now offers the convenience of checking out an ebook through Overdrive! Make sure you are logged in and check out up to ten times. Its will have to be dowloaded by logging into your Overdrive account, but the checkout is readily available.


Annie ia available at anytime to instruct or trouble shoot problems on Overdrive, Zinio and the Monarch Catalog. Call the library at 262-284-5031 or email her at to set up an appointment.


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